Inquiries regarding performance and commissioning are welcome. Please contact Susan directly.
Soft Sounds -- Ambient, calming improvisations on clavichord, this unique music creates a sense of peace and tranquility
ITunes, Amazon, CDBaby.com
Nitey-Nite -- Simple, repetitive lullaby for putting baby to sleep, suggested for singing
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland -- Audio book narrated by Harry Shearer with Vinessa Shaw, Michael York, Malcolm McDowell, Elliott Gould
Songfest -- Wind River Songs, texts by Nick Bozanic, for soprano, cello and piano
Capstone Records CPS-8618
Vermont Poems -- Recorded by The New Calliope Singers, a cappella chorus, texts by Barbara Howes
ASSORTED SAMPLES FOR LISTENING
First track of Soft Sounds CD, ambient improvisations on clavichord
Main title song for period noir film called "Here Dies Another Day," with lyrics by its director, Caryn West
Music for Classical Greek Theatre production of Trojan Women, song for chorus, "For What Has Happened"
One movement for violin and piano
Originally from New England, Susan was raised in artistic surroundings and maintains a deep interest in all art forms. She began her study of music with piano at age six, then oboe at age ten which she played in chamber music and in youth orchestras. After some years exploring dance, theater and visual art, she studied voice (Certificate in Voice from the American Conservatory at Fontainebleau) and finally returned to the piano and began her composing career. She earned her undergraduate degree at the University of Massachusetts, her master's degree at Eastman and her doctorate at Indiana University's School of Music where she taught composition and related courses. She then chaired the Theory and Composition Department at Interlochen Arts Academy in northern Michigan for several years before opting for the warmer climes of Los Angeles where she maintained a private teaching studio in piano, theory and composition and served occasionally as an adjunct professor at local colleges. While in Los Angeles, she scored films and theatrical productions and concurrently composed her own projects of ambient sounds, songs and opera.
Susan delights in her two grandchildren, the outdoors, gourmet cooking, swimming, anything Swedish or Irish and Argentine tango!
Who's Who in American Education
International Encyclopedia of Women Composers